The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 was the catalyst that helped jumpstart the modern environmental movement, inspiring citizens around the world to demonstrate their commitment to a healthy and sustainable world. Earth Day is just one day, but there are opportunities to get involved all month long, thanks to EarthShare member charities and affiliates.
Here’s our roundup of just some of the activities you can join this April. If you don’t see an opportunity in your area, enter your zip code into our volunteer widget to search for events, or visit Idealist.org.
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On April 19, up to 10,000 people from the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond, will converge at U.N. Plaza/ Civic Center to celebrate Earth Day San Francisco 2014. The event will feature three stages of entertainment, speakers, workshops, green businesses, and more.
Our City Forest will be discussing the importance of urban forestry and recruiting volunteers at San José State University’s Earth Day event on April 22.
Join The Ecology Center in Berkeley on April 27 for an exciting and informative walking tour of an eco-demonstration home and garden. Draw inspiration with do-it-yourself projects to reduce your climate impact and climate change’s impact on you.
Union Station in Washington DC is hosting Earth Month 2014, a month-long event featuring interactive, eco-friendly experiences to encourage sustainability.
Celebrate Kids’ Farm Month all April at the National Zoo, with special activities and events including animal encounters, keeper talks, and demonstrations. There is also an exclusive Farm giveaway from for children every weekend in April! The National Zoo will also be throwing their free Earth Day Party for the Planet at the Zoo on April 22.
Central Florida Earth Day is an exciting day of colorful and educational exhibits and activities! It will take place at beautiful Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando on April 19. Admission is free.
Plant trees with Citizens for a Better South Florida at West End Park in Miami on April 24.
Join Friends of the Parks county-wide effort 25th annual earth day parks & preserves clean-up in Chicago on April 26. Volunteers are encouraged to get out and clean and green their neighborhood parks and preserves.
EarthShare Georgia has engaging opportunities for businesses, individuals and communities in the Metro Atlanta area – there’s something here for everybody!
April 16: Earth Day Leadership Breakfast
April 24: Earth Day Party
The 11th Annual Baltimore Green Week will take place from April 18-26. The public will have access to a variety of educational workshops, lectures, films, tours, and hands-on projects on issues such as climate change, sustainable agriculture, water conservation, and energy efficiency.
Join the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway in Boston on April 18 for the first Family Day of the year and start vacation week off right on Good Friday. All ages can help work on light gardening tasks.
The 2nd Annual West Michigan Environmental Action Council Earth Day Celebration at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids on April 23 will feature great food, music from The Crane Wives, and speakers including Mayor George Heartwell, Past WMEAC Executive Director Roger Conner and Women of Hope Honoree Katie Fahey. To get your ticket for the event, please register here!
Earth Day 2014, the 20th annual Earth Day celebration sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, will be held on April 25, at the Missouri State Capitol south lawn in Jefferson City.
St. Louis Earth Day organizes what now ranks as the 2nd largest Earth Day celebration in the nation. Festivities include food and music on the Festival eve on April 26, an Earth Day Festival and St. Louis Zoo Party for the Planet on April 27, and a recycling extravaganza. Buy VIP tickets starting April 4.
Chesterfield's Earth Day event on April 26 will be held indoors at Parkway West High School located at 14653 Clayton Road from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Green Homes Festival on June 7 at the Missouri Botanical Garden presented by the EarthWays Center will be a fun, hands-on, day-long festival of learning, playing, and engaging in sustainability.
Join Meadowlands Environmental Center in Lyndhurst, NJ for a free celebration of our amazing planet and the life of Pete Seeger on April 22. For a full list of Earth Month events happening in New Jersey, visit the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection website.
Don’t miss Earth Day New York’s events at Union Station on April 22 and 23 – two days of education and entertainment for the whole family, including kid’s activities, a green vehicle runway show, clothing and e-waste collection sites, an after work concert, and more!
Go Green at Durham’s Earth Day Festival on April 27. Participants will enjoy activities and demos; learn about many green practices and products at the Sustainability Expo and Earth Art Market; and enjoy great music, food and much more!
During the week of April 19-26 at projects across central Ohio, thousands of neighbors will pick-up shovels and hoes, grab garbage pickers and honeysuckle poppers, and put in the hard work needed to keep our communities clean and green.
Earth Day Oregon will take place on Saturday, April 19th at EWEB's Rivers Edge Plaza in Eugene. The Eugene Water & Electric Board will be awarding a grant of up to $100,000 to a local renewable energy and education project, as chosen by EWEB customers who are signed up for the Greenpower program.
Each year Bicycle Transportation Alliance teaches thousands of Portland 4th and 5th graders to bike safely on the street. Their bikes need routine maintenance every month to keep the parts working smoothly. So if you’ve got mechanic skills, join them for some greasy fun on April 19.
Over the past 33 years, the Clean Air Council’s 5K Run for Clean Air has grown into Philadelphia’s largest Earth Day Celebration. Located on the beautiful banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, the Run is a celebration of sustainability, clean air, and improvements in the region’s environmental health. The run happens on April 19.
The popular H-E-B tear pad program returns to H-E-B Stores throughout Texas and including Central Markets throughout the month of April. Shop at H-E-B and donate to EarthShare Texas.
Earth Day Texas is an annual, outdoor festival in Dallas seeking to elevate environmental awareness and influence the way North Texans think, live and work. This year, it’s happening from April 26-27.
16 Days in April: Get the whole workplace involved -- take EarthShare Washington’s Corporate Earth Day Challenge! Recruit a team of colleagues, register your team online, then set your goals for volunteerism and fundraising.
EarthCorps and Nature Consortium are joining forces for the Annual Duwamish Alive Earth Day event on April 19 at the West Duwamish Greenbelt/Pigeon Point Park in Seattle. Join EarthCorps, the Green Seattle Partnership, REI and a host of partners and volunteers as they restore the largest contiguous greenbelt in Seattle.